Netball on the rise in informal settlements

• By Michael Uugwanga

NETBALL is fast growing in the informal settlements of Windhoek, following a success netball tournament hosted at Goreangab Dam last weekend.

The competition attracted five teams, even though eight teams had confirmed their interest in the tournament. This was part of the football tournament hosted annually in the area.

The tournament was sponsored by well-known local entrepreneur from Goreangab, Immanuel ‘Tjowa-Tjowa’ Ndungula, who has been sponsoring football in that area before deciding to pump money into netball.

The five teams that took part in the netball tournament were Golden Ferns who won the tournament, followed by second placed team Thlabanelo, third Do Your Work, fourth Blue Eagles and fifth Exile.

Golden Ferns won the event with 12 points, Thlabanelo with nine points, Do Your Work with six points, Blue Eagles with three points and Exile United with no points.

The umpires for the netball event were national team player Anna Shipanga and coach of Northern Ballers Netball Club, Jane Toivo.

Shipanga who is one of the longest serving players in the national team also played club netball for Tigers, while Toivo’s side plays in the MTC Namibia Netball Premier League.

“This is the first time that we have included netball in the tournament because every time is just football. I decided to include netball after the ladies from netball asked me if we can also include netball.

“Netball was dying in this area, that is why I decided to spend N$3 000 towards netball, while football got N$7 000,” said Ndungula